FSU Suspends Fraternity Over Alleged Hazing Incident, Another Still Under Investigation

Feb 24, 2016

The lambda-iota chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon at Florida State University has been suspended for alleged hazing. The chapter has been active on the school's campus since 1968.
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Florida State University  has suspended its chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. The move comes after an investigation into a 2013 hazing event that was reported to the school a few weeks ago.

A fraternity member who graduated in December reported incidents that occured in 2013, such as pledges having to participate in a drinking game called “Old South” where they had to act as slaves while serving drinks to members; and being blindfolded and driven to Thomasville and Ocala where they were told to return to Tallahassee on their own without phones or wallets.

The suspension means  the group can no longer function as a fraternity or participate in any events on or off campus, host chapter meetings, use university facilities, have any further contact with pledges.

A separate allegation of hazing in FSU’s Omega Psi Phi Chapter is still under investigation.

In a statement, FSU's President, John Thrasher, said “by taking quick action to condemn this kind of activity, we are sending a clear message that Florida State University has no tolerance for hazing and abhors racism in any form.”

FSU is also trying to determine if there were any violations of the student conduct code.